It’s all about choice and principle By Jacob Page Mainland ChemDry owners Brian and Michelle Dunford are urging people to do their research when it comes to insurance claims with their carpets. The couple own the rights to use the license in Marlborough for ChemDry which has just lost a national contract with AA Insurance and Vero for insurance work. Brian says some franchisees around New Zealand will be hurt by the end of the contract, which the company has had for 17 years, but they wanted people to know they had the choice of who they used. The husband and wife team have not had any major flood issues to deal with in their first year of business but want people to know they have options and need to be assured they are getting a quality service. “It’s not a case of sour grapes because we didn’t have a lot of jobs from insurance companies but people need to be aware they don’t have to go with who the insurer suggests.”
Mainland ChemDry’s Brian and Michelle Dunford want people to know they have a choice when it comes to insurance claims.
The couple run their business as a team and have no employees. “We understand ChemDry lost the contract because of price factors but you get what you pay for, Michelle says. “People don’t have to use us, we just want to encourage them to do
their research before they sign up to anything.” In a statement AA Insurance confirmed the move and backed its new contractor, Enviro Clean. “A recent review of our restoration service - which involves rectifying property damaged by water or fire
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Blenheim fire chief retires from role
- has resulted in Enviro Clean and Restoration Limited now being our sole national supplier. “The company has a proven business model and operational process that helps ensure consistent and reliable quality of service across its branches. “We have enjoyed a lengthy relationship with Chem-Dry New Zealand and the door remains open to working with them in the future on a case-by-case basis. Vero Insurance echoed the statement. “Vero works with a number of suppliers and regularly reviews those agreements as we want to ensure that our customers’ claims are settled promptly and to the highest standards. Brian and Michelle say they are fully certified and go through regular upskilling courses, as do all franchisees. The issue is similar to the one Shaun Forbes dealt with earlier this year with his panelbeating business.
Blenheim’s chief fire officer Rob Dalton has retired from the role after six years. Rob will retain a role within the station. He has been a member of the Blenheim Fire Brigade since 1998. No one has been confirmed as his replacement at this stage.
‘Calm and mature’ Chanel to be honoured today Richmond View School pupil Chanel Marshall will be honoured by St John at a school assembly today. The nine-year-old looked after her father Aaron on April 20 when he suffered a hypoglycaemic diabetic event. She gave first aid to him and tested his blood sugar levels and then called 111. She remained calm and mature throughout and helped the crew at the scene to treat her Dad. The ambulance crew was very impressed with Chanel and her efforts.
Flu vaccine well worth a shot
House of the Year judges in town
by Jacob Page Flu vaccines continue to prove a popular way to beat the winter ills. While official figures are still unknown, the uptake appears strong. Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Ed Kiddle says it’s fantastic to see people and businesses in the community protecting themselves and their families, and he encourages more to get vaccinated, as soon
Judges in the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition are in Blenheim today as part of the national competition judging process. Judges will assess over 350 homes as they travel from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island before regional event winners are announced in July and August. They are on a mission to find the finest houses in the country, ranging from new homes and show homes, to renovations and builder’s own homes.
as they can. “Practices have been busy vaccinating patients who benefit from influenza vaccine. And at Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, we have also been running staff vaccination clinics to ensure that healthcare workers get vaccinated to help reduce illness with the patients they care for. “One of the myths we need to dispel is that you’ll catch the flu from the flu injection. That’s just not true. In fact, the influenza vaccine
cannot give you ‘the flu’ since there’s no live virus in the vaccine. “It has an excellent safety record and has been proven to provide effective protection for most vaccinated people, including pregnant women and their unborn or newborn babies. “The influenza vaccine was delayed by a few weeks so that the two new vaccine strains could be added to it, based on recommendations from the The flu jab is a simple way to stay protected World Health Organisation. against this year's strain of influenza.
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